NEW YORK, March 27, 2002
– The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is shaking back to the street
– complete with the signature "shaker" hood scoop
that made it one of the most collectable Mustangs
The new 2003-model Mustang Mach
1 special edition makes its debut at the New York
International Auto Show – 38 years after the original
Mustang was introduced in New York.
In March 1969, the Mustang Mach
1 was named “the quickest four-person production car”
ever tested by Car Life magazine, earning it a chapter
in the history of automotive enthusiasm and securing
its legacy for the future. The 1969 Mach 1 looked
like it was in motion, even at a stoplight, thanks
to the shaker hood scoop.
“Of all our Living Legends,
Mustang might have the richest heritage. While everyone
has a favorite, Mach 1 is one of the most memorable
and most collectable Mustangs,” says Jim O’Connor,
Ford Division president.
The 2003 Mach 1 is expected to
deliver more than 300 horsepower from its modular
(MOD) 4.6-liter, 4-valve, DOHC V-8 engine when it
goes on sale at the end of this year. The preeminent
pony car remembers its roots with functional performance
upgrades and Mach 1 styling cues, including “comfort-weave”
leather seats, a shaker hood scoop and today’s interpretation
of classic “Magnum 500” chrome wheels.
Ford, which builds approximately
160,000 Mustangs each year, will build 6,500 Mustang
Mach 1 special editions – on the same line of the
Dearborn Assembly Plant that produces the V6, GT and
Cobra Mustangs. Each Mach 1 will come with a unique
serialization found in the vehicle identification
number (VIN) to ensure exclusivity and collectibility.
The Mach 1 is the newest derivative
to join Ford’s Living Legends lineup of cars, which
includes Mustang, Thunderbird, the new GT40 and the
Forty-Nine concept. Mach 1 pricing and detailed technical
specifications will be announced just prior to public